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Who Needs a Grease Trap?

Maybe you’ve heard of grease traps, maybe you haven’t. If you have, you may be wondering if you need to have one installed in your home or business. The truth is that not everyone needs to have a grease trap, but those that do will be setting themselves up for a whole lot of trouble if they don’t have one. Let’s take a look at how grease traps work, and when you need to have one installed.

Grease Traps

A grease trap is a long, rectangular box that is installed in the sewer line of a commercial kitchen. Most homes don’t actually need one because they don’t deal in the kind of volume that grease traps are built for. The point of a grease trap is to filter out harmful substances that should not make it into the sewer main. The most damaging of these substances is FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease). As wastewater flows into the grease trap, solid waste will sink to the bottom while FOG will float to the top. This prevents them from making it into the sewer main and clogging it up.

Why Grease Traps Are Necessary for Commercial Kitchens

Any building that houses a commercial kitchen (or other food processing area) should probably have a grease trap. These areas process FOG and other cooking byproducts in very large amounts, all of which often end up being washed down the drain after being used. The problem with this is that FOG congeals as it cools, forming a semi-viscous substance that restricts the flow of water through the pipes. This is such a widespread problem that many cities have made it mandatory for commercial kitchens to have grease traps installed, and to have them serviced regularly.

The Sunny Plumber offers comprehensive grease trap services throughout Phoenix, AZ. Call today for an appointment. 

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